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Title: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: TygerMin on January 26, 2014, 09:29:14 am
I am trying to determine what costume to work on next and am seeking some input.  I do know that I want to incorporate a puppet into it, and keep with the theme of dressing up as something that is dressing up.  

One thought is the Joker, done as a monster puppet:

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/jokerpuppet_zps8505352d.jpg)

My hesitation with this one is the suit, might need to save some money for it.  

The other thought is Bruno and Oscar, but I can't seem to figure out what they would dress up as.  In your opinion, who do you think Oscar would idolize enough to dress up as?

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/bruno_zps04c79734.jpg)


Title: Re: Brainstorming next project
Post by: TygerMin on January 26, 2014, 10:56:22 am
And after I post this, stumble upon an idea.

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/oscarr2_zps5c724a22.jpg)

Oscar likes to mess with people.  So, maybe he wears a Star Trek uniform while residing in R2, and maybe I drop Bruno and Gandalf carries Oscar. 


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on January 29, 2014, 04:17:59 pm
Ok, I have settled on Oscar.  So, now research into creation begins.  I am having trouble locating the right fur.  The closest I have found is http://www.califabrics.com/avocado-mongolian-faux-fur/ (http://www.califabrics.com/avocado-mongolian-faux-fur/) though it isn't dark enough.  Also, for pattern, it looks like the Mostro pattern would be best from project puppet, though I would want the Borsa hand instructions as well.  Eyes look like spoon eyes.  Though, the thing that really makes Oscar is the moving eyebrow. 


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on January 30, 2014, 07:18:57 am
That looks like a pretty good match on the fur for him.  Don't forget it could actually be a bit darker. Shades and colors on the screen never match real life. :)  You can get a swatch of it for $1.49  if they have a min on orders get some swatches of other furs. This one says the swatch is 2" x 6".  Heck that is enough for eyebrows or a mustache on a puppet so they wouldn't be wasted.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on January 31, 2014, 05:04:45 pm
Good points, swatch ordered.  Didn't see a good brown for the eyebrows, though I can find that locally.  Have finally settled on Oscar himself.  R2 would be fun, but going full Doctor Who.  Oscar will be in a poorly painted Tardis sporting a fez, bow tie, and a sonic screwdriver.  Not sure how to do Bruno yet, maybe a cheap Cyberman costume or thought about going Amy Pond in the police outfit.  Ooohh...no, the Tardis can be carried by an astronaut :)

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/tumblr_lkabpppdN31qa9armo1_r1_500_zps6a41f8d8.jpg)



Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Snail on January 31, 2014, 07:42:48 pm
Ha Like the Tardis trash can, both bigger on the inside.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Na on January 31, 2014, 07:47:14 pm
Love the TARDIS idea!


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on February 01, 2014, 07:22:17 am
Great Idea! Love it! This should be a big hit.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on February 01, 2014, 08:51:27 am
Thanks :)  Sitting at my work computer wanting to start building :)  I think I am going to use foam core for the Tardis, believe it might be ligt enough and easier to sculpt.  Regarding Oscar, does anyone know how many yards I might need for a Borsa type pattern?  Wont be able to buy the patterns until the end of the month, and I want to get the fabric ordered to come in around the same time. 


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on February 02, 2014, 08:11:33 am
The fur is 60 inches wide so I doubt you'll need more then two yards.  That being said I always normally purchased 2 1/2 to 3 yards of fur when ever I made a fur puppet like what you are doing.  I tend to the excess. :)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on February 03, 2014, 11:58:03 am
Saw this, might have to be a future project! :D

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/meepingangel_zpsb2ab35cc.jpg)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on February 03, 2014, 12:56:46 pm
That's pretty funny. :)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on March 26, 2016, 10:51:23 am
Two years later, and I am finally working on this guy.  Wow, I am a slacker :D  I have some plastic lids that I think will be used for the eyes.

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/12122724_10208224501228042_6121935321464616695_n_zps736ga4ra.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/12920385_10208482311473137_6736350162366796167_n_zpsmi1hjhde.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/12806018_10208236832896326_6394164482972064719_n_zpscdbqvhsb.jpg)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on March 31, 2016, 09:38:46 am
His face is on :)

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/Mobile%20Uploads/20160330_195749-1_zpsvvpywiqb.jpg)


His head is the melonhead pattern from Project Puppet, enlarged 250%.

Eyes are cut out of a plastic lid using a printed picture of Oscar as a template.  

Mouth is sewn together black plastic canvas which gives a decent view.  


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 01, 2016, 07:50:50 am
Pretty cool!  For some reason I was thinking he was a hand in mouth puppet not a walk around puppet.  I should have realized really and you most likely mentioned it.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on April 01, 2016, 09:02:29 am
Goal is to get familiar with making mascots out of puppet patterns, than to eventually work on full body puppets.  That and I like the idea of bringing Sesame Street and The Muppets to comic con's, you get some very interesting reactions :D


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Snail on April 04, 2016, 10:14:34 am
I was trying to put my finger on why Oscar looks so happy instead of mad.  Maybe it is the pupil placement or the eyebrows, or was that planned for him to finally look happy about the tardis/can.  Good progress many great works took a long time to finish.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on April 04, 2016, 10:36:16 am
Thanks :)  I imagine its mostly the mouth, which sadly I don't have much control over if I want to see.  And you are right, the eyes are also part of it.  Printed a photo of Oscar's face, enlarged it, then cut out the eyes and unibrow as a pattern.  Most of his good online pictures have him smiling.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: davidnagel on April 08, 2016, 04:47:33 am
That is made of win! Nice job!


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on April 08, 2016, 07:36:23 pm
Thanks :) Now just need to finish the hands, add a bow tie, and raise the trash can to chest level.

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/Mobile%20Uploads/received_10206316574337164_zpskk3igcqt.jpeg)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: pagestep007 on April 14, 2016, 08:50:50 am
looking good! If you could manage a bigger trash can, it would be even better.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on April 17, 2016, 06:26:55 pm
Yeah, we debated on the size of the trash can.  This one won out because I knew I could get through doors and it was round.  Bigger plastic ones tend to come in weird shapes.  But it is something I may try next time. 

Here he is fairly completed.  Going to trim the hands some, and wear blue slacks.  But this is essentially it :)

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13022179_10206370107555461_33566822_n_zpsjsm7i4oy.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13023477_10206370115835668_1712848109_n_zpsb2gapnre.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13046162_10206370116035673_1165916933_n_zpsvuwpepui.jpg)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 18, 2016, 05:52:54 am
Well done.  Like the combo of Doctor and Grouch look.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: pagestep007 on April 18, 2016, 09:29:07 pm
I hadn't thought about doors...you are quite right.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: davidnagel on April 19, 2016, 03:03:38 am
Awesome!

and swiftly shared on twitter, hope you don't mind!

@davidsnagel


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on April 23, 2016, 09:13:17 pm
No, don't mind at all :D

Took him out to a small con in Dallas today, and had a blast!  Several people asked to take my picture, though I was called Grover and Cookie way too much!!!!!  Just went with the flow.  

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/DoctorOscar_zpsieed8hoe.jpg)

Actor behind Raphael in the TMNT movie asked for my photo :)

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/DoctorOscar4_zps1wm0edkm.jpg)

Just beside myself.....

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/DoctorOscar1_zpsjyxateku.jpg)

One of the greatest parts was this little Batgirl, she practically followed me around.  Ran into her several times and she had to tell me stories, give me hugs, and had to hold my hand.  Moments like this is why I love cosplaying these characters:

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/DoctorOscar3_zpsgrhxq0ra.jpg)

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/DoctorOscar5_zpstjktucgz.jpg)

Doctor Oscar will be going out again on May 7 for Free Comic Book Day.  He is currently scheduled to go to a big Houston con as well, but an old idea of Big Bird as Robin is swirling in my mind.  And the work I am doing on a full body baby dragon is helping to fuel that idea.  


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 24, 2016, 06:38:56 am
Great pics!


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: davidnagel on April 26, 2016, 04:29:05 pm
Fantastic!


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: pagestep007 on May 01, 2016, 05:55:00 pm
Sounds like  great fun. Take lots of pics :)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: The Director on May 04, 2016, 06:16:32 pm
I think he needs a bigger can but it would be harder to move around.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on May 06, 2016, 10:37:03 pm
I agree completely on the can.  Really wishing I bought a minivan instead of a sedan :D  Later down the road, I will probably remake the head to correct several mistakes I made.  At that time, I plan on doing a larger and better trash can.  While I am taking him to Free Comic Book Day, the trip to Dallas took its toll on the trash can.  Not sure how many more outings it will take before needing to be replaced. 

I did attempt to do a Mickey Mouse for easier transport, but it wont be ready in time:

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13102674_10208843521143153_4195952384221335075_n_zpsm64bcb00.jpg)

Still a lot of mistakes, but I am making progress on these things!  Going to finish that up for the end of May, than finish up the walk around dragon.  I have Roger Rabbit, Darkwing Duck, and a few originals I am going to attempt before trying Big Bird.  The draping I did on that dragon has sparked a renewed confidence and fire.  I just want to build! 


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on May 07, 2016, 05:44:31 pm
Photos of the day :)

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13133103_10208848651271403_1267127038666922784_n_zpsvf4ccsmr.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13100773_10208848655751515_1447661769349827156_n_zpsbkxt2dmg.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13124553_10208848651991421_8253385813172020197_n_zpsdculq1kf.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13165862_10208848654431482_622338002978616719_n_zps7nkk6xi3.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13119078_10208848652551435_2527844900644597219_n_zpsfj0wlovf.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13138756_10208848654871493_7930263095635907158_n_zpsleo7qesz.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13177782_10208848652751440_4902171333938029705_n_zpsxceubiij.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13173797_10208848653071448_3619686841656108110_n_zpsyrunighv.jpg)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on May 08, 2016, 05:38:15 am
Looks like everyone was having a good time!


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: pagestep007 on May 08, 2016, 01:44:36 pm
Yeah. Looks like it was fun.


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: davidnagel on May 10, 2016, 06:45:08 am
Make a can out of foam?


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on May 10, 2016, 09:41:12 am
That might be a good idea.  I am going to play around with thin foam, fleece, and hula hoops for the egg on a walk-around puppet.  If that is successful, I may try the trashcan as well, would make storage and moving much easier!  And probably look better than the painted one :)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on May 30, 2016, 11:05:10 am
Oscar was a success at the larger Space City Comic Con in Houston.  I posed for about 300 photos, and learned that crossing your arms uses muscles not normally used, ouch!  Here is a video snippet of what it was like walking the con floor...very slowly :D

https://www.facebook.com/mary.youngs.7/videos/10206622830833385/ (https://www.facebook.com/mary.youngs.7/videos/10206622830833385/)

Definitely going to be doing more, so working on creating a FaceBook page.  Going with the name Cosplay Sesame :)


Title: Re: Oscar the Grouch
Post by: TygerMin on May 30, 2016, 11:24:05 am
Being interviewed by Gigi Edgely, though now I have to give my wife a lesson in how to turn the phone sideways when filming a video!

https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.youngs.5/videos/10209016087857213 (https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.youngs.5/videos/10209016087857213)


Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: TygerMin on May 31, 2016, 01:42:20 pm
I have changed the name for this post to cover all my projects.  I am using the name Cosplay Sesame because my focus is mascot versions of puppet like characters with the hope of eventually making full body walk around puppets.  I have a lot of goals I am working on with this project, and each one helps to increase my skills and improve the next project.  My current wish list:

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/13321979_252996548395027_7667398206346297274_n_zpsxxtavrto.jpg)

Sadly, it is growing faster than I can build :D

I am currently working on the Dino is egg shell puppet, though he is on the back burner.  Going to start Big Bird to test out the body concept Shawn suggested.  Bought the flexible pipe and connectors, and will be trying to get the general shape done tonight.  Once that is done, I will use the same concept for the egg, though the egg wont be collapsible like I am trying to do with Big Bird.  The thing I am not happy on with Big Bird is that I can't attempt a working puppet.  My time as Oscar at the con had me realize that holding my arm up would be a bad idea, unless I could take 30-45 minute breaks every 15-20 minutes.  And than you miss out on the con.  So my current thought will be to hold the head up with a broom handle or pvc pipe attached to a helmet I will be wearing.  Toying with the thought of seeing if I could create a mechanism using bike brake cable that runs through the helmets chin strap, maybe I could move his mouth when I open mine?

*edit:  A little advertising.  I am up on on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/cosplaysesame (https://www.facebook.com/cosplaysesame)  and Twitter https://twitter.com/cosplaysesame (https://twitter.com/cosplaysesame)


Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on June 01, 2016, 01:45:07 pm
Sounds like a pretty good plan for a cos play Big Bird.  I agree that keeping your hand over your head for more then 15-20 minutes would just not work out.  When I used to perform body characters that was my limit even if I wasn't holding my hand over my head. :)  Of course I was working outside and the heat was more of a concern for me.  You can only sweat so much before you have to replenish the water tank. ;)


Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: TygerMin on June 01, 2016, 06:55:36 pm
I got to know sweat very well LOL.  Fortunately for me, only my head and hands were covered with Oscar and Mickey.  In fact, I felt sorry for the people that insisted on hugging me or putting their arms around me, because I know how bad my shirt was.  On the flipside, as hot as it was, the reactions were just priceless!


Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: TygerMin on August 15, 2016, 11:33:04 am
Big bird keeps being put on the back burner, really struggling with that one.  Probably less on building, and more on performing.  That being said, Doctor Oscar took home 1st in the Casual Costume category at GeekFest!  

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/Mobile%20Uploads/20160813_193756_zpscpsaahxl.jpg)

That version is being retired, going to remake it with a bigger trash can and a fan in the head!  But before than, going to work on another character.  Darth Cookie.  His outfit will be a mix-up with parts from Vader, Maul, Anakin, and Dooku.  Black and Dark Blue.  He will have a double bandoleer with cookies to hand out, since the Dark Side has cookies :D  I do have a question on the head.  Here is my previous attempt versus what he looks like:

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/CookieAxe_zps9ebddccb.jpg)
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc235/tygermin_2007/cookiemonster600_zpslq1ij7f7.jpg)

hmmm...was going to keep the mouth opening smaller like Oscar's, but an open mouth seems to be more in character.  Anyway, I used an enlarged Roly pattern from Project Puppet.  Any thoughts on how to create a flatter head to better fit cookie?  Would it be as simple as cutting down the foam skull and trimming excess fabric?


Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: Snail on August 15, 2016, 12:07:07 pm
Congratulations on the award! You want the mouth plate the head foam to match up so it seems to me that taking a larger diamond dart in the top of the foam and fabric might lower the dome and make the mouth seem bigger.  You could put some pins in to see if that looks more like you want before you cut or sew. Cookie has a mouth that is very free to open easily and widely, his fabric seems looser to achieve that, especially around the corners of the mouth. Can you trim some off the mouth palates to get more room?  Good luck.


Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: TygerMin on May 07, 2017, 09:16:09 am
A year later, took Darth Cookie out to Free Comic Book Day.  He was a hit.  Don't have the pics, but had several kids scream "Cookie!" and come running for a hug :)  Not real happy about the head, but it worked and people loved that the eyes googled when I moved.  Pin the pupils on, such a simple tactic.  Probably going to enter Cookie into the costume contest in August to defend my title :D

(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=34846) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=34846)(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=34851) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=34851)(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=34854) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=34854)






Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on May 08, 2017, 05:45:09 am
Looks good!


Title: Re: Cosplay Sesame
Post by: Snail on May 09, 2017, 09:14:31 pm
Now you need a dirty old shoe and a sonic screw driver in your pocket. I have a record of Oscar's I love trash song. Too bad don't have a record player that works. "Anything dirty or rotten or rusty, anything ragged or jagged or dusty yes I love trash!"  He looks great, worth the wait.